A record-breaking 26 artists are returning to Eurovision this year. Following the cancellation of last year’s contest, the majority of the class of 2020 are back to finally get their chance on the Eurovision stage. But, as is standard Eurovision regulation, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So now, we’re running a series of poll battles. We want to find out from our readers — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Next up, we’re saying shalom to Israel. Last year, Eden Alene was set to sing “Feker Libi” in Rotterdam. And this year, she’s heading back to Eurovision with “Set Me Free”. Two years, two songs. But which is better? Vote in our poll battle now!
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“Feker Libi” (Israel 2020)
In 2020, Eden Alene earned the Israeli ticket to Eurovision after winning HaKokhav HaBa. Her entry for the contest was later selected through a multi-song national final, where “Feker Libi” was chosen.
“Feker Libi” was co-written by “Toy” songwriter Doron Medalie, who brought Israel their fourth song contest victory in 2018. It’s a multi-lingual song about celebrating your roots, featuring passages in English, Amharic, Hebrew and Arabic. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “Feker Libi” an average score of 7.48/10.
“Doron Medalie has done it again”, said wiwiblogger Calvin. “The voice of Eden Alene is among the strongest, if not the strongest this year. “Feker Libi” throws many elements in the mix without ending up messy. The Eurodance beats suit the ethnic elements surprisingly well. I see nothing about this entry and performance that urgently has to be changed. Everything is in balance and with Eden as a singer, nothing can go wrong.”
“Set Me Free” (Israel 2021)
Eden’s entry for Eurovision 2021, “Set Me Free”, was once again decided through a multi-song national final. The track stays true to Eden Alene’s blend of dance-pop and more traditional sounds, and once again contains lyrics in multiple languages.
In the final coda, Eden shows off her whistle tones — reaching an astonishing B6, the highest note in Eurovision history.
Poll battle — Israel: Which Eden Alene song is your favourite?
In this poll, you can only choose one song to vote for. Be decisive — we know you can do it! And as always, you can only vote once, so choose wisely. Let the battle commence!
Which of Eden Alene’s Eurovision songs did you vote for? How does “Set Me Free” compare to “Feker Libi”? Sound off in the comments section below.